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Francophile German princes eagerly adopted the latest fashions from Paris and often employed French-trained architects and designers. This resulted in philosophical (and even scientific) development being continued mostly among just the non-religious (such as all of the major Enlightenment philosophers, who mostly spurned and ridiculed Christianity for its narrow-mindedness). Civil rights supporters across the nation retort that defending the Constitutional rights of American citizens is part of the department's job, that's why it's called the "Justice" Department.

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